SCHENECTADY, N.Y. – Senator Chuck Schumer said the federal government granted millions of dollars to rehabilitate buildings in Schenectady.
Schumer visited Schenectady in the fall of 2013 and asked local officials what the federal government could do to help the city. The mayor and others showed the senator dozens of dilapidated and abandoned properties and told Schumer it was too expensive to tear them all down and start over.
"Well, I'm happy to say that HUD today announced that they are granting $3 million so we could deal with these 80 really bad properties," Schumer said. "Many of them have pollution on them because there was oil or chemical pollution in their heyday, and if we could rehab those properties, tear down the buildings of those that couldn't be rehabbed, we could have a real re-birth of the Bellevue neighborhood in Schenectady."
Schumer said at least 70 percent of the sites will see new buildings go up or improve the adjacent property once the old ones are torn down.